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About the Studio

Originally a community studio in Dubuque, Mississippi Mud is now a more private concern located in Maquoketa, IA.

Mississippi Mud Studio is owned and operated by Gary Carstens. His primary focus is to create sculptural and functional work using traditional and innovative techniques. With over 40 years of ceramic experience, Gary utilizes his specialized skills to create high-quality works that strive to enrich everyday life. 

Each hand-made piece is created from Gary's custom stoneware clay body and fired to vitrification, making the ware durable and lasting.

In addition to their one-of-a-kind ceramic works, Mississippi Mud Studios has an established custom commissions program, a college student internship program, and provides small-group learning opportunities for all ages at his studio in Maquoketa.

Gary Carstens

Mississippi Mud is home to resident artist and owner Gary Carstens. 

 

Carstens was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and received his B.A. in fine art with an emphasis in sculpture and ceramics from Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois.

 

With over 40 years of experience in ceramics, Gary utilizes a lifetime of skills to create high-quality pieces that strive to enrich everyday life.

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Gary Carstens unloading the wood kiln.
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